Reporter/Columnist | Vikings/NFL

A native of Northeast Ohio, Craig covered the Cleveland Browns from 1991 until they left for Baltimore in 1995. When they returned as an expansion team in 1999, Craig left to cover Gophers football for the Star Tribune. He co-authored two books on the Browns and is the author of the Vikings book "100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die."

NFL playoff picks are in: Mark Craig has your four weekend winners

When you combine quality and quantity, this is the best weekend of the year for the NFL. And, per usual, the quarterbacks will be the featured attractions

Playoff pressure ramps up for NFL's top head coaching candidates

Sixty minutes of playoff football can change the course of coaching history. Who among the assistant coaches might turn heads or lose favor this weekend?

Upon further review: Coaching candidates' stock rises, falls on wild-card weekend

Hot head-coaching prospects Brian Daboll of the Bills and Kellen Moore of the Cowboys got wildly different reviews on their playoff performances.

Mark Craig's NFL wild card picks against the spread

Five of the six playoff games are rematches, including two games with division foes facing off for the third time.

5 things about Wild Card Weekend: Stafford's assignment. Seeing the new Vikings coach?

The Rams quarterback is asked to do what he has never done before: win a playoff game. Also, a number of Vikings coaching candidates will be on the sidelines and more.

Who'll be the next Vikings coach? A guide to figuring out who it won't be

On the NFL: Teams looking for a new coach tend to avoid the traits of the last one. There are a number of names you're hearing who won't come close to getting the job. What traits will the new coach have?

Upon further review: Three up, two down in NFL Week 18

Daniel Carlson and Leslie Frazier, formerly on the Vikings' sideline, ended the regular season on high notes.

Next Vikings coach? Here are 12 contenders to replace Zimmer

Will the Vikings replace Mike Zimmer, a defensive guru, with an offensive mind? Several NFL offensive coordinators might be in the mix, in addition to a batch of former head coaches.

Who's got next at general manager? Nine who could run Vikings

A list of contenders ranges from young but experienced Eliot Wolf with his Packers and Patriots lineage to Joe Hortiz, who has helped the Ravens pick players since 1998.

Five extra points: Defense hits historic two-year low, penalties a problem all year

If Mike Zimmer is fired, the performance of his defense in the past two seasons will be noted on his pink slip among other unflattering details about this season.